Savills predicts uptake in office space in London’s outer boroughs

20th April 2017

A new report by Savills suggests London’s outer boroughs could provide greater flexible office space in the future. The London Mixed Use Development Spotlight report suggests London workers are looking for shorter commutes, more flexible working, access to green space and a work life balance that caters to their overall wellness. With a strain on the current transport system, and businesses being priced out of the capital, the shift presents a huge opportunity to the less congested outer borough London areas. However, the Savills report points to a problem in this prediction. Piers Nickalls, director in the business space team… (more)

A healthier buildings initiative has just launched in the UK

10th April 2017

The Fitwel Certification System, initially piloted in the USA by the USA’s General Services Administration (GSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has just launched its healthier buildings initiative into the UK. Joanna Frank, Executive Director of the New York-based Center for Active Design, explains: “Fitwel provides 63 cost-effective design and operational strategies for enhancing building environments to improve occupant health and productivity.” Scientifically based, each strategy links to one of the seven health impact categories including well-being, what reduces morbidity and absenteeism and what promotes occupant safety, helping organisations understand what benefits they can incorporate that improve… (more)

Rapport’ office design and fit-out for Pexip UK

3rd April 2017

Rapport’ have recently commenced CAT B fit-out works on site at Ruscombe Business Park in Twyford, Berkshire for Pexip UK. Unit 2 has been fitted to CAT A standard and totals 5,266 sq ft of floor space. Founded in 2012, Pexip provides an affordable, virtualized, simple approach to video conferencing on any device, and across traditionally incompatible technologies such as video conferencing, Microsoft Skype for Business, and WebRTC in-browser video. With its headquarters based in Oslo, the UK office joins New York and Sydney as the group expands globally.  The new office interior designed by Rapport’ will accommodate up to 30… (more)

What’s the best procurement method for your office fit-out?

11th March 2017

A successful fit-out is one that minimises business disruption; balances the business’ current and future needs; revitalises the business by adopting improved working practices and creates a workplace environment at an affordable price. Rapport Solutions provide an independent assessment while working with clients to objectively evaluate and consider each option, based on their project requirements of design, budget and programme. We’ve developed the following guide to showcase and educate your business on the different methods available, and what method is best suited to your needs at the early stages of an office fit-out and refurbishment programme. We hope you find… (more)

City of London

London Office Market drops by 25%, but the fall is slowing

6th March 2017

After the referendum vote and world politics dominated our markets and headlines, the London office market has gone through a rocky patch. After a drop in Q2 and Q3 London’s lowest quarter of take-up since the Euro crisis in 2011, there are now signs that the fall is slowing down in Q4. Partly down to the realisation that the world has not quite ended yet. That Brexit will take a long time to resolve or have an immediate effect on the market, deals and lettings are still taking place. This has been helped by new found confidence of big corporates like… (more)